March 18th, 2012

2012 Woodie Awards Recap

2012 Woodie Awards Recap

Posted on 18 Mar 2012 at 3:18pm

Mac Miller and Machine Gun Kelly win big at the 2012 mtvU Woodie Awards.
By Nadeska Alexis

Mac Miller performs at the 2012 mtvU Woodie Awards

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The 2012 mtvU Woodie Awards aired on Sunday night highlighting performances from Santigold, Steve Aoki and the show’s big winner, Mac Miller, who walked away with two trophies. The half-hour feature, shot in Austin, Texas during the South by Southwest festival was packed with entertainment.

Santigold performed her hit “L.E.S. Artistes” along with the new single “Disparate Youth,” while EDM Effect nominee Steve Aoki performed “Emergency,” “Steve Jobs,” and commanded a guest appearance from Lil Jon on “Turbulence.”

Pittsburgh rapper Mac Miller was one of the standouts of the night, taking home Woodie of the Year and Performing Woodie awards, in addition to amping up the crowd with a set that included “Party on 5th Ave,” “Donald Trump” and “Loud.”

“My fans are dope,” Mac told MTV’s Buzzworthy blog following his win. “I think the reason they go so hard for me and why they ride for me is because… I think they just see me as one of them. When my album came out, I had fans tweeting me that they bought 10 of them.”

Machine Gun Kelly also had a notable night, topping off his title as MTV News’ Hottest Breakthrough MC of 2011 by taking home the Breaking Woodie award. After nabbing the trophy, MGK sent out a genuine thank-you to his throng of supportive fans, who cast their votes for his big win. “To all the fans out there who took the time to vote over and over again ’til your fingers got carpal tunnel, thank you!” MGK told Buzzworthy. “Thank you dude. You have made my year. Lace up!”

Other winners included Best Coast, who took home Best Video Woodie for “Our Deal” and Calvin Harris who was honored with the EDM Effect Woodie. The Woodie Awards were held in Austin, Texas following the first-ever Woodies Festival, which featured an additional slew of performances from A$AP Rocky, Machine Gun Kelly, Fun., Chiddy Bang and more.

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Rick Ross Gives Final Surprise Performance At SXSW

Rick Ross Gives Final Surprise Performance At SXSW

Posted on 18 Mar 2012 at 11:38am

Miami rapper brings down the FADER FORT with his biggest hits and new Rich Forever mixtape singles.
By Nadeska Alexis

Rick Ross performs at SXSW 2012

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Considering the star power that had already passed through Austin, Texas beginning with Jay-Z’s Monday night performance, it was only fitting that Rick Ross would make a surprise appearance at South by Southwest to wrap up the week’s festivities.

The FADER FORT was packed to the brim all week, hosting acts like Kendrick Lamar, The-Dream and 2 Chainz, but the “TBD” spot for their closing set on Saturday night was the subject of much speculation. Jay-Z, Kanye West, Lil Wayne, 50 Cent and Eminem had all shown up earlier in the week, so it was reasonable to assume that hip-hop’s reigning titan would also get in on the action.

Memphis Tennessee rapper, Gangsta Boo, opened up Fader’s last set of the festival performing old hits, new singles and her verse on the Eminem-featured Yelawolf single “Throw It Up” before passing the mic off to Maybach Music Group rapper Stalley. The Ohio native dipped into his mixtape Lincoln Way Nights (Intelligent Trunk Music) then performed the Chad Hugo-produced single “Everything New,” from his upcoming project Savage Journey to the American Dream before exiting.

Stalley had only left the stage for a few minutes when Ross showed up, launching right into bangers like “I’m Not A Star,” after being introduced to the crowd as “the Hottest MC in the Game.

At this point, the Miami rapper has no shortage of hits and the crowd received every new track, including “Hustlin’” and his verse on “I’m On One,” with enthusiasm. Solange Knowles hung in the VIP area dancing and singing-a-long to songs like “Aston Martin Music,” which Ross so kindly dedicated to all of the women in the house.

Ross summoned Stalley back to the stage to perform his Rich Forever cut “Party Heart,” but perhaps the most triumphant moment of the set came during the introduction to the mixtape’s title track. “My success was not overnight,” he told the crowd. “MMG started as a dream, MMG started in a basement. It took me over a decade to get where I’m standing now.” For music lovers in the crowd who weren’t Ross aficionados, the Bawse did his best to translate the overarching message in his music.

“I want ya’ll to know that dreams come true,” he told the crowd before closing set. “Every boss in the game started as a m—–f—–’ worker, so build it from the ground up, do it self made, and be rich forever.”

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